Kids are shrewd. They know when you mean what you say and when you don’t. For example, these two mothers spent 45 minutes scolding their children for misbehaving, running around, climbing on furniture, and yelling. Each time mom said something to the effect: “If you don’t behave, we’ll have to go home right now!” or “If you can’t quiet down we can’t come out in public again.”
Three moms. Four kids. Pandemonium:
News flash mom: Nobody believes you! You have no credibility. Soon your children are going to start mocking your half-assed efforts to parent.
Maybe, just maybe, if you can’t start parenting, you shouldn’t come out in public again. Spare us your children and your empty threats.